Rapper Fat Joe has teamed with Virgin Records and Imperial Records, a new urban label development unit of Caroline Distribution, for the release this week of his new album, "Me, Myself & I." T

Rapper Fat Joe has teamed with Virgin Records and Imperial Records, a new urban label development unit of Caroline Distribution, for the release this week of his new album, "Me, Myself & I." The project features collaborations with the Game and Lil Wayne and production from Scott Storch (on first single "Make It Rain"), the Runners and DJ Khaled, among others.

"I just started writing on my own and made the album I truly wanted to make," the artist says, adding that the project was his "most in-depth album in terms of vulnerability and doing the music I love."

The new album is the follow-up to 2005's "All or Nothing," which bowed at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 293,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was Fat Joe's final set for Atlantic.

"No hard feelings, but they weren't feeling what I was asking for," Joe says of splitting with the label. "I've always been an artist to them, and they didn't understand me asking for my own imprint. But one man's trash is another man's treasure."